People who take Harry Potter too seriously

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#681

Well this is lovely.


#682

Theo, is that you?


#683

I don’t think that’s a particularly novel idea, but I’m not about to spend the next fifteen minutes trawling through Wikipedia pages on sociology to back up my point that not ranking cultural objects > ranking cultural objects > King of Lwait shit


#684

it’s not that it’s not particularly novel, it’s that it’s handwringing over making lists about albums. You don’t need to do it or want to do it, but assigning to anything more than the notion that as a human race we enjoy ordering things in our heads is astonishingly pointless


#685

There’s a clear dissociation in your argument though. To be “art”, there must be an element of awareness if you’re going to portray a romanticised view of British culture. The fact that HP is escapism negates this; it uses nostalgia without critical analysis. It should go without saying that an exaggerated view of British lifestyle is not “fun” or “escapist” for vast swathes of the world population…given that the empire was built upon the suffering of many people.

What I essentially mean by this is…something like HP; which portrays a “cosy” and “wholesome” private school setting…is more open for criticism than something that shows more positive/negative elements


#686

Probably a decent argument to be made for ranking ‘best’ rather than ‘favourite’ albums being vintage man-asserting-opinion-as-fact behaviour


#687

yeah but imagine what you could achieve if you didn’t bother


#688

Can we all agree that replacing ‘what’s your favourite x?’ with ‘what was the last x you read/watched/listened to?’ would make for a more interesting icebreaker and give me more opportunity to talk about tucker and Dale vs. Evil. Thanks


#689

unbelievable threading from @Icarus-Smicarus here. must be dead proud.


#690

Fine.


#691

Cheers. It was alright. Funny concept but wore a bit thin


#692

ENOUGH ABOUT THIS THREAD THOUGH!


#693

Are there any wizarding films that speak about the real issues of our times?


#694

my last reply to you reads more snarky than intended, apologies!


#695

Disagree on some basic premises here. It’s playing much more strongly off of how-cool-is-magic than it is off nostalgia for British lifestyle (particulalry for kids!). For me it was always just a sense of wonder at how much fun it would be if school involved learning to do actual bloomin’ magic.


#696

None taken! You prick.


#697

no it’s about everything being shit and terrible, and if it’s not it’s arrogance. those are the only things art can be now.


#698

The Harry Potter films do focus on a bunch of weirdo privately educated elitists running the world so…yes?


#699

But it’s got a boner for them all so no thanks.


#700

LOL SERIOUSLYCEPTION HAHA

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN INVENTED THINGS BEING INSIDE OF THINGS